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  1. secondchance

    Workload in UK

    I've tried to explain this but it usually ends with someone telling me I'm a crashing snob. I have former university classmates with seemingly impractical degrees (Mediaeval History, Theology, Classics, etc) who had no trouble landing jobs in law, merchant banking, or whatever. It's where you studied that counts...Leicester is actually better than most-- some Canadians are paying a small fortune to attend ex-polys.
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    Best time to take vacation during articling

    The post you quoted contained sensible advice from an experienced lawyer. Your reaction is, frankly, bizarre.
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    Best time to take vacation during articling

    This. Take advantage of every minute because it goes by quickly. During my articles, there were a few days between Christmas and New Years when I was the closest thing to a lawyer in our office. Everyone else took time off. As it happened, there were a bunch of unexpected crises that I had to handle with minimal guidance over the phone. In retrospect, it was one of the most valuable training experiences I had.
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    Mature Student, Applying to UCalgary Law School Early

    26? I think that's right around the average age for 1Ls at U of C.
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    Stuff to Bring to Law School

    Same! I love my external monitor. It also reduces a lot of stress on your neck, shoulders and back. I never used my home printer except for small, last minute jobs. The printers at the law school were better, faster, and cheaper. I did use it as a scanner though
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    Deciding not to article?

    No, I practiced for a couple of years
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    Laptop recommendations for law school?

    I've been a loyal MAC user since high school but my choice is mostly based on habit, nostalgia, and profligacy.
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    Deciding not to article?

    It wasn't a specific requirement but my experience was viewed very favourably. It definitely gives you more credibility and it's a vital chance to develop a bit of a professional network. Your network is really important once you leave practice, I have found, because I started to feel stale and out of touch pretty fast. It's always great to reconnect with friends who are still practicing and get a sense of where things are at.
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    Deciding not to article?

    For what it's worth, I'm not currently working as a lawyer but I wouldn't have landed my current job without being admitted to practice. For me, articling went by very quickly and I found it surprisingly enjoyable.
  10. Instead, maybe we should reward the regulars who keep this place active and lively?
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    Seeking advice from Crowns

    True but I think Crowns max out at a certain salary cap, no? Crown is definitely the safer option. I know quite a few senior defence lawyers who are making a lot more than that but I also know some younger and mid career defence lawyers who are not doing well at all.
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    Suits For Men

    Yes. One of the virtues of suits (and school uniforms) is that it protects the sartorially clueless from making certain mistakes.
  13. This is a very true statement. I entered law school knowing stuff...or thinking that I knew stuff. When our property professor talked about mortgages I assumed that I understood the term because I had already owned a few properties. Of course, I hadn't really understood the concept in the way that a law professor wanted me to. Before law school I also had a lot of experience dealing with two very narrow areas of the law but it hasn't helped my career at all. In fact, I did much better with subjects that were completely unrelated to my previous job. Relax. You will learn the law from the ground up and it will serve you well.
  14. When I applied as a discretionary applicant, I was told that anyone who met the ordinary admission criteria was automatically considered along with the regular entry pool. I didn't make the index score either but they held my application for consideration with the discretionary pool. At some point, I was told that they would issue decisions for the discretionary category in the late summer. By then I was already accepted at my first choice so I just withdrew my application. Maybe things have changed? In your position, I would scour their website for answers. If that fails, just ask them.
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    LLM Recommendations

    True, I was thinking of the US programs. It's still an advantage to do your LLM at the same school since it gives you a chance to connect with potential thesis supervisor(s)